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If I glued a piece of emery paper onto a block of wood and place it on my scaly track, what would the difference be?? Cost? Less than a dollar.

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Just get a real truer and do it properly orrr do what rick has said, no point buying middle of the range products , go flat our or not at all.
 

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Hi Scott,

I asked the same question a couple of months back and got no response.

I don't know who, but someone has just won one in the Christmas competition.

Perhaps they could let us know if it is any good?
 

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as rick said, just hold a piece of emery on the track and gently bring the spinning rear wheels down onto it. job done. the item in question is for people that like to throw their money away or dont know any better.john.
 

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I know that this item is not a proper tyre truer but you forget that not everyone is an "enthusiast" and this machine although simple is conveniently packaged and could be used by anyone.
 

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Hey Scott - hudy's are great - if you get one - upfront get the different size axles and remember Ninco will be an issue for the standard hudy (again axle size)

This little machine above I have been considering getting to keep in my race-box for quick and easy tyre cleaning and slight re-rounding of tyres....

 

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QUOTE (ss67 @ 9 Jan 2012, 17:34) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Scott,

I asked the same question a couple of months back and got no response.

I don't know who, but someone has just won one in the Christmas competition.

Perhaps they could let us know if it is any good?

G'day Scott,

As ss67 has said someone has just won one in the Christmas comp and I just happen to be that someone. I can't let you know what it's like as I am still awaiting delivery. To be honest from the images I have seen of it I'm expecting it to be pretty much like my home-made sander I use to true my tyres. I'm only a home slotter and see no need at the moment to purchase an expensive tyre truer, if I had a perfectly flat wooden track and not my scaly digital setup then it might be a different story. My home-made sander does a great job for my needs but I am also interested to see how this product works, I'll let you know when it arrives.

Matt
 

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Thanks. I look forward to reading your views on it when it comes. Well done, by the way.
 

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If you run magless, then properly true tires are the best thing you can do to ANY car to improve performance, regardless of the track they run on. Cars that chatter and hop will run smooth as silk on perfectly round tires. As someone said long ago, sanding tires on paper or whatever on the car just gives you a smoother egg. That's not truing. It DOES improve things a bit, and can get them pretty close to true. But like I said, if you run magless, the difference made by perfectly true tires can be astonishing.

Or, you can just replace all your wheels with metal ones. Of course then you're usually having to change the axle. Once you change the axle you're often changing the gears. If you're lucky you might not have to change the pinion. And let's not forget the new tires to properly fit the new wheels. So, you've just dropped $40 on parts for a car. It should certainly run better after that, but if you'd rather have that money to put toward new cars or other items, then a tire truer will save you money in the long run.

Hudys and similar (ScaleAuto, and a couple others) are great... for metal wheels. If all you run are slot.it and NSR, and other high-end cars that come with metal wheels, then by all means get one of those and true one wheel at a time. If you have some Scalextric (and many other brands) in your collection, with plastic press-on wheels, then the Hudy will do you no good. You need a whole axle machine, such as the Area 3 Tyre True, or the Tire Razor. With these units, you pop the whole axle out of your car, set it up on the truer, and true down both tires at once without having to remove them from the axle. Rather than spending $20-40 per car to "fix" wobbly plastic wheels, spend $150 (Tire Razor price) just once, and true every car in your collection, whether it has metal or plastic wheels. If you do the math, for most people, it's a no-brainer.

But, if you run magnet cars only, it doesn't really matter that much. Sure true tires help magnet cars, but the difference is much smaller. You might not even realize anything is wrong while the magnet is still in.

I own a Tire Razor, and I love it. I would give up my slot.it and NSR cars before I would give up my Tire Razor, and that's not an exaggeration. Amateur home racers can appreciate smooth running cars as much as competitive club racers can. That "True and Clean" machine is an expensive replacement for the track and controller you already own (and probably have spares of you can dedicate to this purpose anyway). But hey, there's one born every minute.
 

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If I was in the market for one of these, looking at the video I'd be put off by the wobble at 0.15, and the rotating screws from 0.40 onwards. Doesn't come across as a quality item to me.


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So Greg, you would say Razor over area 3? I have been trying to decide
 

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The Area 3 and Razor are roughly equivalent. Price is not. Tire Razor is hand made in the USA and a good $50-100 less than the Tyre True. Also, Jon (who makes the Razor) makes an exceptional pinion puller/press to boot. I suggest getting the set. ;-)
 

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something like that looks like it would work well but theres no way I'd spend money on it. It's so basic that could be made from a piece of 2X4 or something flat with some metal contacts glued on and a bit of sandpaper.

It's funny to see those screws coming loose from that thing in the video. It just need some blue loc-tight or threadlocker!
 

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QUOTE (mattcrackers @ 9 Jan 2012, 12:13) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>G'day Scott,

As ss67 has said someone has just won one in the Christmas comp and I just happen to be that someone. I can't let you know what it's like as I am still awaiting delivery. To be honest from the images I have seen of it I'm expecting it to be pretty much like my home-made sander I use to true my tyres. I'm only a home slotter and see no need at the moment to purchase an expensive tyre truer, if I had a perfectly flat wooden track and not my scaly digital setup then it might be a different story. My home-made sander does a great job for my needs but I am also interested to see how this product works, I'll let you know when it arrives.

Matt

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Matt, has it arrived yet? and is it any good?
 

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No delivery as yet, the man in the white van has been a few times this week with cars and parts and nothing else. Probably see it next week as I see they do state that delivery could take up to 25 days. I'll let you know when it arrives and head out to the garage and give it a crack, weather permitting (its 7.10pm here in Fremantle and still 35 deg C, weird day, started with a thunderstorm and pelting rain this morning only to clear up and become stinking hot again), and this isn't in the garage.

Matt
 
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